Part of our mission is to find a home for every cat or kitten that needs one. Unfortunately, we don't have the space to take in every cat, especially when we're surprised by litters! Fostering is a way to help us free up shelter space while also socializing a cat or kittens to help them adjust to being ready for a permanent home. Or sometimes it's to aid an adult cat in recovering from an injury. You get to spend some time nurturing a cat in need without a long-term commitment, as they come back to the shelter when they're ready for placement with a forever family.
Below are the highlights of what fostering entails. If you're interested in applying to be one of our foster homes, print the foster application and return it to the shelter office. Our Shelter Manager Jan will get in touch with you about a home visit and to discuss what out current needs are (we don't always have a need for foster homes, so it may not be immediate that you hear from us).
- Second Chance Animal Rescue retains ownership of all cats and kittens in foster care, and reserves the right to reclaim a cat and terminate foster if they feel it is in the best interest of the cat
- Foster homes are expected to keep the cat/kitten secure and indoors only and to return it to Second Chance Animal Rescue when requested to do so
- Foster families cannot promise the animal to anyone or approve a potential adoption
- All medical decisions for the fostered cat/kitten are made by Second Chance Animal Rescue and any emergency care must be sought from a vet approved by the shelter manager (communication between the foster home and shelter is necessary and important)
- Although Second Chance Animal Rescue takes reasonable care to screen cats/kittens for foster care placement, it makes no guarantee relating to the health, behavior, or actions of the cats/kittens - as such, a foster can be returned at any time, for any reason with advance notice to the shelter manager
- We strongly recommend foster caretakers be up to date on tetanus